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Tune ID#1771 (Silver Spire)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver Spire about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Silver Spire, The / Silver Spire / An Spiora Airgid / John Brennan's / John Brennans / O'Byrne's Fancy / Great Eastern Reel / The Great Eastern Reel / Pat Sweeney's Medley / La Grandeuse / La Grondeuse (1st in set Glentown on SS 1; 3rd in set Captain O Kane on NNC 1) (also in E; with 2nd part as intro on MCnDMn) (compare Great Eastern #2965)
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Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
193111#2
19317#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Sweeney (fiddle), Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
193125#2
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Patrick Killoran [Paddy Killoran] (fiddle), Patrick Sweeney [Paddy Sweeney] (fiddle).
197714#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~198314#2
[JMcKllp] Jim McKillop, Josephine Keegan. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Jim McKillop (fiddle), Josephine Keegan (piano).
~19892.38#2
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).
199114#1
~19911#1
[SS 1] Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle).
19947#1
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
19941.1#2
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica).
~19945#1
[SJMcG] Sean and Jim McGuire. Pure Traditional Irish Fiddle Music. Brothers Together. Tribute to their Father. Sean McGuire (fiddle), Jim McGuire (fiddle). For this tune: Sean McGuire (fiddle).
~20025#2
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle). For this tune: with Andy (fiddle), Pat M. (fiddle).
~20052.17#1
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).
~200710#3
[NNC 1] Niamh Ní Charra. Ón Dá Thaobh. From Both Sides. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina).
20085#1
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).
201014#3
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon).
~201117#1
[SailCrvt] Paddy O'Brien, Tom Schaefer, Paul Wehling, Erin Hart. The Sailor's Cravat. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tom Schaefer (fiddle), Paul Wehling (bouzouki), Erin Hart (vocals).

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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #164 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 256 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #140 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #17 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #312 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #159 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1931